Find your true self through your own lens

an experiential hands-on approach to learning photography in nyc

 

rated #2 on TripAdvisor's top classes & workshops in nyc

I bought a new canon camera and had no idea how to use it. I had the passion for photography but was missing the tools and the knowledge. I searched online for photography classes and came across AoIP’s page. Boy am I happy I chose them! I’m usually a little shy around people I meet for the first time but when I met Mindy I had a very warm feeling and it felt as if I knew her for a long time. I took the beginner class with about 10 other people and she made sure she gave enough attention to everyone of us. She also made sure that we were all comfortable with our cameras before going home that day. I followed up with Mindy for private lessons as well and I can honestly say SHE’S THE BEST!!! I learned so much and so quickly that I’m now running my own website and my own photography business!

Marsi A.
Queens, NY


why take a photography class with us?

fun for all ages

we teach photography classes, workshops and private lessons to adults and children/teens in various fun locations in nyc. learn how to use your camera, improve the composition of your images, join a photo tour, or learn how intuition can help you take creative photos. 

Personal and hands-on

if you're tired of traditional classroom teaching or frustrated with reading manuals or watching videos, join one of our classes for an authentic way of learning while getting the personal attention you deserve.

money-back guarantee

we offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with a session you attendwatch our clip on NBC TV, read about us in BBC Capital or read our highly rated reviews on TripAdvisor.


our classes 

digital photography I: intro for beginners - $120. this 3 hr class will cover the basics of exposure (shutter speed, aperture, iso), white balance settings, depth of field and a whole lot more. hands-on exercises are given. maximum students: 10

digital photography II: master manual mode at night - $85. the 2 hour class will review the basics of manual mode and walk about in a designated location to practice capturing NYC at night. no tripods and no flash allowed. maximum students: 10

art of intuitive photography - $100. this creative 3 hr class is open to all photography levels and all digital cameras. we go over intuition and how to use it in photography, how to 'see' better and end with compositional critique. maximum students: 6

intuitive photography walk-about - $75.
in this 2 hr session we select a fun location in which we go explore and shoot together. there is a theme/focus to the shoot such as people, night shooting, landscape or street photography.  

pay what you wish intuitive photography - a 1hr session where you'll learn how to tap into your intuition and how to incorporate it into your photography. open to all levels. $20 (suggested) but we recommend you follow your intuition.

private session - $125 per hour/person
structured around the requests/needs/wants of the student. open to any digital camera, and can be scheduled based on your availability. please contact us to schedule.

skype session -  $100 per hour. structured around the requests/needs/wants of the student. can cover learning how to use your camera to learning Lightroom. can be scheduled based on your availability. please contact us to schedule.

photo tours - we offer 2 hrs, half day, or full day. we will tour the area of nyc that interests you most - central park, brooklyn, soho, harlem, chinatown, high line, staten island ferry etc. tour can be private or small group. please contact us to schedule.

workshops - 2, 3 or 5 days. we photograph, edit and end with a slideshow of your best images. maximum students: 6.  2 day: $500 3 day: $700 5 day: $1050.  please contact us to schedule.


what our students are saying

I’m sitting here going through my photos tonight that I have taken over the years. I had a class with Mindy 2 1/2 years ago. It was a food photography class. I was shooting mainly in auto but would venture into AV mode occasionally. I had done many classes but manual just did not click for me. Mindy guided me over to manual mode & I haven’t looked back since. Not only has my photography improved because I understand my camera better but also the way I look at things and what I capture. Mindy opened my eyes and helped me tap into something that helped me seek photos in a different way, to look around me and not just take traditional photos. So many things that Mindy said have stayed with me. I thoroughly recommend taking a class with her.
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Monica M.
Sydney, Australia

I’ve taken several AoIP classes with Mindy and her instructors. Classes are scheduled at interesting locations throughout the city. Intuitive Photography sessions start with an overview of intuition, followed by a couple of exercises that are designed to draw out your innate abilities. Time is set aside for compositional review, where you can receive feedback on your photographs. I try to join a class whenever my schedule coincides with a visit to NYC ( 3-4 times per year) so I can give my intuitive eye a boost, meet other photographers, and try out different locations.
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Dan L.
Bedford, NH

I have taken a few classes with AoIP over the last couple of years. I have to say that I’ve learned so much about photography as well as what type of photographer I wanted to be and have become. Mindy and her instructors have been a huge help and have challenged me in ways I couldn’t imagine. Thank you to Mindy and the AoIP team.

Ocie C.
Queens, NY


our students in action

I had never used a DSLR, and this was a fantastic beginner class. I took it in the morning, and by that afternoon I was taking great photos for my blog.


I had never used a DSLR, and this was a fantastic beginner class. I took it in the morning, and by that afternoon I was taking great photos for my blog.

This is a great class.They teach the fundamentals of digital photography in a fun and easy to grasp way and I am no longer intimidated by all the buttons on my camera.


This is a great class.They teach the fundamentals of digital photography in a fun and easy to grasp way and I am no longer intimidated by all the buttons on my camera.

The Intuitive Photography class is a great experience and a perfect balance of exercises, insight, instruction, anecdotes, and review.


The Intuitive Photography class is a great experience and a perfect balance of exercises, insight, instruction, anecdotes, and review.

I had so much fun with the Intuitive Photography class. It re-routed my brain (which is the over-thinking technical side) to my heart and soul.


I had so much fun with the Intuitive Photography class. It re-routed my brain (which is the over-thinking technical side) to my heart and soul.


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